9.25.2012

Learning from the experts...

Almost six months and five tomatoes later, I was thrilled to learn that a friend of mine was offering a four week gardening class at her house.  I have only heard about her mythical garden in conversation, seeing a glimpse of a corner in photos here and there.  So when Master Gardener Susie announced that she would be holding classes IN her garden, I had no choice but to sign up.

Here's a photographic sampling of my first day at Garden School:

We learned about useful reading materials for improving our mad gardening skills...


We selected fall friendly veggies and started seeds to take home and germinate in little greenhouses...








Each student brought a jar of soil for separating/testing/observing... my jar was a little small (and cracked)... so I have homework for next time.  We learned about soil composition and watering requirements.  I'm pretty sure our composition is still mostly clay, even though Matt and I did our best to try and create a better blend of garden soil in the backyard. 

We propagated pomegranate tree stems.  We learned about composting and a few do's and do not's of composting.  No proteins, no fats, and don't stick your hand in an active compost pile as it can reach temperatures of up to 180 degrees F.  I'm not really sure why anyone would want to stick his hand directly into compost, anyway.

Then we got to play in the garden!  Japanese eggplant taking over the walkway...


Gorgeous Swiss chard...


We each took turns planting cilantro.  I felt so confident that I ran home after class and planted three small pots in my own garden hoping that THIS time it will grow!


It does exist and it is even more incredible than I could've imagined.  Four 16' beds full of tomatoes, eggplants, onions, and peppers with a whole separate part of the yard dedicated to squash!  The perfect backyard slice of heaven.


The best part of the whole day was getting to take home souvenirs.  Garden grown produce is beautiful and tastes incredible. 


Looking forward to my next class and more play time in the dirt!





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